Learning how to regrow hair naturally is not an easy task. The most common cause of hair loss in men is something called androgenetic alopecia, which can occur in both men and women. However, when it occurs in men—which it most often does—it’s commonly called male pattern baldness—a term you’ve probably heard your entire life and wondered if it would ever apply to you.
The truth is, about half of all men do experience a certain degree of male pattern baldness by age 50. It’s generally caused by genetics, and usually occurs because your hair follicles shrink, producing thinner hair over time until they just stop producing hair. It’s important to note that while the follicle stops producing hair, it’s still capable of producing hair, because it’s still alive, albeit dormant. That means that regrowing lost hair is technically possible. (Providing there is no scarring, which does cause permanent, non-fixable hair loss.)
While male pattern baldness is certainly the most common cause of hair loss in men, it’s not the only cause. Medical conditions, certain medications, nutrient deficiency, eating disorders, hormonal imbalances, and even lead poisoning can all cause hair loss that is entirely unrelated to male pattern baldness; for most of these causes, it’s important to treat the root cause. (As always, if your hair loss is caused by a medical attention, seek professional care from a doctor who can treat you for things like poisoning or hormonal imbalance.)
According to medlineplus.gov, male pattern baldness typically starts off with thinning hair at the front and temples, forming a sort of M shape that further recedes until you have a bald dome on top. Other causes of hair loss may present differently, like overall thinning of the hair, hair coming out in patches or clumps, hair breaking off in the shaft or near the root and more.
Regardless of your type of hair loss, there are steps you can take to stop current hair loss and regrow your hair.
Hair growth cycle
Hair grows in cycles. Every strand of hair on your head is at a different phase in the growth cycle than the next, which is a good thing, because it keeps our hair looking mostly consistent, no matter how much hair we have in general on our heads.
The anagen phase of hair growth is also known as the active phase. This is when hair actively grows. Not only does your hair grow in the anagen phase, but it stays in the anagen phase ranging anywhere from 2 to 6 years. Most hair on your head at any given time is in the anagen phase. That means that about 90% of the hair on your head is always growing.
The catagen phase follows the anagen phase. This is a very short phase, only lasting about two weeks. During this phase, hair stops growing.
The telogen phase is the phase that typically concerns those with balding or thinning hair. The telogen phase is when you shed hair, and it can last for 100 days. The good news is that no more than 8% of your hair is going through the telogen phase now, meaning the average person loses around 100 hairs per day. The reason the telogen phase concerns so many people is, obviously, if you have thin hair, it’s going to be more noticeable when you’re going through the telogen phase.
By now, you may be a bit freaked out about the hair growth cycle which. Though it happens to every single human on the planet, every second of every day, it may sometimes seem as though it is targeting you personally, because when the telogen phase is at its peak, it can definitely be a confidence-drainer and make you feel a little isolated as a result. But the good news is that by promoting healthier hair growth and stopping hair loss in its tracks, you can reduce how noticeable the telogen phase is and have fuller, thicker hair in the process.
For more info about the hair growth cycle, check out this video:
Genetic and hormonal reasons your hair stops growing
There are a few reasons that hair stops growing, most of which have different root causes (no pun intended). The causes can range from genetics to health problems to anxiety and more.
For male pattern baldness, the main cause is genetics, though dihydrotestosterone, which is a male hormone, is also thought to be a common cause of male pattern baldness. (It should be noted that this does not apply to women suffering hair loss, as the causes of female pattern baldness are not yet understood.)
From a genetic standpoint, you essentially inherit a predisposition for losing your hair. This infographic from BusinessInsider.com says that male pattern baldness is inherited through both sides of your family, your mom and your dad. (Remember, we get 50% of our DNA from each parent, including genes determining everything about your hair from a number of follicles, to growth rate to baldness potential.)
However, the traditional view—which is still held by mainstream science, and the most likely to be true, honestly— is that you should look to your mother’s father’s hair to ascertain your likelihood of future hair loss, because tendency for baldness is passed down from mother to child and not so much father to son. Note the distinction. Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mothers to both female and male children. Men also pass down mitochondrial DNA that they inherited from their mothers, however, unlike women, men pass down Y-chromosomal DNA as well, which is only passed father to son. This means you, as a man, aren’t going to inherit any of your paternal grandmother’s father’s Y-DNA because he didn’t pass it down to his daughter or to her son, your father. So, as you can see, because of the specifics of genetics, the whole mother-to-son phenomenon is pretty probable.
When you have male pattern baldness, hair stops growing because something—usually genetics—has signaled to a large number of your hair follicles that it is time to shrivel up and stop producing hair. Once the hair follicles have shrunk enough, those follicles go from producing very thin hair to producing no more hair at all. But as stated above in the intro, the hair follicles aren’t dead. They’re just dormant and not producing hair, so it should be possible to regrow the hair from those dormant follicles.
For a brilliant and short breakdown of the genetics of hair loss, check out this vid:
How to Regrow Hair Naturally
Don’t worry, you’re not a lost cause, neither is your hair loss problem. I have identified and broken down a lot of techniques on how to regrow hair naturally in less than a year.
Regrowing your hair naturally through diet is always the first step you should take to curing and preventing hair loss. For one thing, it’s the safest route to take, because whether you’re sick or healthy, eating healthy foods is always a good idea. It’s also one of the most readily available methods for curing hair loss as well, which is another reason all men trying to regrow their hair should consider a healthy diet to go along with any other methods they want to try.
Mainly, you want to opt for protein. Hair is made out of keratin. Eating keratin is gross and does nothing to promote hair growth, contrary to what snake oil salesmen might tell you. However, protein is a nutrient that is a crucial ingredient necessary for your body to make its own keratin. Go for healthy, lean proteins like fish, lentils and eggs, because you can get the extra protein you need without adding a bunch of unnecessary calories from fat. Additionally, these foods tend to contain things like Omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, iron and zinc—all of which are great nutrients to help your hair grow.
It may be tempting to get B Vitamins naturally from brown rice, as it is a great source. However, it’s important to note that rice—but especially brown rice—contains traces of arsenic, which can affect your health if you eat too much of it. That said, rice is perfectly fine in moderation. Just be sure to mix it with other healthy B Vitamin-containing whole grains.
For healthy hair-promoting foods and recipe, check out this awesome book called SkinnyTaste.
One of the biggest hair loss myths out there is that exercise makes you go bald. This is actually a bald-faced lie. (Pun intended.)
This myth comes from the somewhat related myth that exercise causes you to produce more testosterone, which makes your beard grow, and that a great beard directly correlates with a bald head, ergo exercise causes baldness. This is false for so many reasons.
First things first, all men have roughly the same levels of testosterone. The ability to grow thick facial hair is down to how your body reacts to the testosterone you have, which is determined by genetics. So, if you were to boost your testosterone with exercise, your genes are still going to determine how that testosterone affects your body. So, there it is. Exercise does not cause hair loss.
In fact, male baldness is now starting to be counted as a risk factor for heart disease, which is typically caused by things like smoking, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle (as in no exercise). Correlation does not necessarily equal causation, but exercise can certainly make your body overall healthier, which will help reduce many different types of hair loss, like stress-related hair loss, and can promote hair regrowth too.
How to regrow hair naturally through improved circulation
Above, we touched on how exercise is actually good for hair regrowth, contrary to certain prevalent myths. One of the biggest reasons to exercise to promote hair regrowth is exercise, because it is the best way to improve circulation. Improved circulation means better blood flow to your whole body, including your scalp, which is a great and ultra-healthy way to naturally encourage hair regrowth.
The best way to improve circulation is through aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise, also called cardio, involves getting your heart rate up to an “aerobic level”. (What that is for you, personally, is age-based, and is essentially 55%-85% of your estimated maximum heart rate; there are calculators to get a better estimation for your specific target heart rate.) Your heart is the most important muscle in your body. You exercise your biceps and triceps, but it’s even more important to exercise your heart to keep it strong and power you through your life.
If you’re unable to do aerobic exercise for any reason (such as a health condition), talk to your doctor about whether or not gentler exercises are suitable for you. Prevention.com has a list of 5 low-key exercises that improve circulation. Yoga is another great low-impact alternative to boost circulation and overall health.
The reason it’s so important to eat a healthy diet to naturally regrow your hair is because of all the vitamins you get from whole foods that haven’t been processed, and thus stripped of their nutrients. That said, even the healthiest eaters can be low on key hair-boosting vitamins, and when that happens, supplements are called for.
Biotin and B5—both B vitamins—are essential for hair growth. While most of the hair growing attention goes to biotin, B5 is actually more important for hair growth. Biotin improves hair health allowing it to grow longer; B5, on the other hand, actually encourages your hair itself to grow, which is arguably more useful for men suffering from male pattern baldness or illnesses which cause hair loss.
Zinc is super important for guys in general, but also for hair loss. Zinc is actually sort of the super mineral when it comes to hair loss because it helps every kind naturally occurring hair loss. (Meaning genetic, autoimmune and stress-related.) Your doctor can even test if your serum levels of zinc are low, which, in some cases, indicates a need for a higher dose of zinc. (But never take more than in standard US supplement forms without your doc’s go ahead, as you can overdose on it, like any other mineral.)
Sports Research Vitamin D3 is particularly effective for fighting hair loss associated with autoimmune disorders like alopecia areata, all forms of lupus hair loss, and others. D Vitamins work closely with your body’s immune system by regulating it in a way that teaches it to behave more normally. This means that people with healthy levels of Vitamin D in their body are less likely to have autoimmune diseases flares, and the flares they do have tend to be less severe. And because your immune system is behaving like it should when you’re good on Vitamin D, you’re also less likely to have cancer, because your immune system is busy beating up on early cancer cells before they become a problem, instead of ignoring them—or worse, ignoring them while attacking your healthy tissue.
Many people can get enough Vitamin D to be healthy simply from staying in the sun for 10 minutes. However, this advice only holds true if you’re relatively close to the equator and live in places like Los Angeles or Atlanta that lie at southerly latitudes as far as the US goes. For those living in Buffalo, New York, or Anchorage, Alaska or even London, England, you’re likely not going to get enough Vitamin D from 10 minutes of sun exposure and the amount of sun exposure you would need to get Vitamin D from the sun could put you at risk for sunburns or even skin cancer down the road.
And remember, melanin is natural sunscreen. The only reason humans have different skin colors throughout the world is because they evolved to have the amount of melanin they need to get the correct amount of Vitamin D in the area their ancestors lived for thousands of years. This means that people who are very dark skinned aren’t going to get enough Vitamin D from the sun far away from the equator, period. People who live near the equator have skin pigmentation that is 6 times less effective at synthesizing Vitamin D from UVB rays than those with light skin, who had to evolutionarily adapt to the lack of UVB rays in the far north.
And there’s another problem with the whole sun-as-the-perfect-source-of-Vitamin-D thing: People with certain autoimmune disorders can’t be in the sun at all, because it triggers their disorder to become active—which would make autoimmune hair loss worse in these cases.
Luckily, Vitamin D is another vitamin that you can get a blood test for. That means if your levels are so low that an over-the-counter Vitamin D3 (the standard form of Vitamin D) supplement can’t correct them, your doctor can prescribe you prescription strength Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 differs from Vitamin D3 in that it’s usually only taken once a week, and the dose is quite high. That may seem intimidating, but the benefits are well worth it if your Vitamin D serum levels are so low that your doctor has determined prescription Vitamin D2 is necessary for your health.
If you’re an otherwise healthy guy who doesn’t have an extreme deficiency that requires medical attention, go for a high-quality hair growth vitamin supplement to stop hair loss and regrow hair. That way, you’ll get all the necessary hair-boosting vitamins in one easy place.
DasGro Hair Formula is a supplement for hair growth that’s made in the USA in an FDA-approved facility. It contains all of the necessary hair-promoting vitamins like Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Biotin, Vitamin D, Iron, and Zinc plus other ingredients to promote hair growth and overall health.
If you’re looking for a way to regrow hair that’s found in nature, herbal supplements are a good place to start. The key with herbs is to always go for a reputable brand—preferably one that is made in the US, because even though supplements aren’t FDA-approved, they’re required to be safe when used as directed/intended. This means you’re less likely to run into with unsafe herbs being used as filler, or herbs that are just outright dangerous, period. Remember, herbal isn’t synonymous with safe. Do your research and always take herbs in the amount that is recommended. It’s also important to note that many of these herbal supplements are also diuretics, so don’t stack multiple diuretics on top of each other, and don’t take with prescription diuretics or if you have kidney issues. (Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure about anything.)
Humans have been using herbs since the Paleolithic Era to treat pretty much any illness, complaint or imbalance the human body can muster. And for almost all of human history, herbs were the only medications available, period. Starting in the nineteenth century, with advances in various scientific disciplines, we began to learn which herbs are safe and how effective they are on certain issues. Because we now know so much about herbs on a chemical level and how they interact with our bodies, we know which work and which don’t. All the herbs listed here have been shown to be effective for treating hair loss and promoting natural hair regrowth.
Saw Palmetto is native to the Southeastern United States, commonly growing in the subtropical coastal regions of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, with the plant being widespread throughout the entire state of the latter. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries, if not longer, to treat a number of ailments, and it was so valuable that, prior to European contact, Native Americans from the south were trading it as far north as New York.
Saw Palmetto has a long history of being used to treat hair loss. It works by regulating your body’s testosterone levels, and preventing imbalances with the male androgen hormone DHT, which is a common cause of male pattern baldness. If you’re a guy of a certain age, it’s important to note it’s great for prostate health as well.
Nature Made Super Saw Palmetto 480mg Extract is a high-quality Saw Palmetto supplement that uses special extraction methods to ensure you’re getting the most out of your supplement. Nature Made is a brand that is popular with pharmacists, because they voluntarily submit their vitamins to be evaluated by the USP, a third-party agency that tests for quality. The Saw Palmetto in this supplement is delivered through small, easy-to-swallow softgels and contains 480mg of Saw Palmetto extract—the ideal amount for natural hair regrowth.
Horsetail is an herb that is basically synonymous with hair growth. It’s an excellent source of silica, which makes collagen, which ultimately is a building block of hair. It also contains selenium and other vitamins that promote hair growth. For a breakdown of everything you need to know about Horsetail, check out this article.
Swanson Horsetail Herbal Supplement 500mg contains all the daily Horsetail you need to get the herb’s benefits, and it’s made in the United States and known for quality. (Note that Horsetail can make you pee—it’s a bit of a diuretic—so this won’t be suitable for people already on diuretics or those who have low potassium. If you have questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.)
Stinging Nettle is an herb that has a lot of benefits, such as treating hay fever and urinary issues. One of its most popular applications is to treat hair loss because it decreases the likelihood of testosterone being converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Stinging Nettle can be taken in capsule form or as a tea to fight hair loss and help regrow hair naturally.
NOW Stinging Nettle Root Extract 250mg comes in 90 vegetarian capsules, so it’s perfect for guys who don’t eat meat. According to the description, Julius Caesar used Stinging Nettle Root back in the day. Julius Caesar, according to contemporaries, was very concerned about his hair loss, which is why he combed his hair forward to hide it. He was also a smart dude and finicky dude, so if it worked for him, chances are it is very result-heavy. (Remember that Stinging Nettle is also a diuretic and does interact with certain meds like NSAIDS and lithium, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist to ensure you and Stinging Nettle Root are a good match.)
Traditional Medicinals Organic Nettle Leaf Tea is USDA-certified organic, and is also Kosher. It’s a great alternative if you prefer herbal teas to capsules. The company says it has a slightly hay-like taste, but many find they like that. And remember: It’s a supplement, it’s not going to taste like Earl Grey, but, again, it’s widely reported to be not that bad.
Gingko Biloba is an herb most commonly used as a memory aid and to boost mental clarity, but it’s a well-kept secret that it actually helps you regrow hair. It also prevents hair loss, so it’s really a double-whammy.
Nature’s Bounty Gingko Biloba Standardized Extract comes in 100 capsules that are easy-to-swallow, and if you prefer, you can actually open them up and use them as tea, according to the label.
Parsley is one of the most common herbs out there—and one of the most overlooked. It’s a super-nutritious member of the carrot family…and yet we often relegate it to unwashed restaurant garnish, which is a huge waste of its potential. Parsley is thought to regulate a gene that promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss in men. It also freshens your breath, so your wife will thank you for taking it too. Additionally, it’s high in iron, which can address any iron deficiencies you may have that are causing all the hair loss.
Nature’s Way Parsley Leaf Capsules are non-GMO and a highly convenient way to boost your parsley intake. Remember that parsley is a diuretic, so don’t take it if you have kidney issues or take diuretics to regulate fluid retention or high blood pressure. Talk with your doctor if you have questions.
Gotu Kola is a popular Indian herb with a lot of health benefits when taken in safe amounts. It fights hair loss in two ways: 1.) It strengthens your follicles, priming them to grow healthy hair; 2.) It improves scalp circulation, encouraging hair growth in dormant follicles.
Swanson Gotu Kola adheres to FDA guidelines and is made in the USA, and is an easy-to-swallow capsule form of this classic Ayurvedic remedy.
Maybe buying each herbal supplement one by one isn’t your thing. You can always try a multiherbal supplement for hair growth. (Bear in mind, however, that some of the effects of these herbs—like their diuretic properties stack, so this isn’t a good option for anyone who has health problems or takes medications.)
Hair Growth Maximizer Natural Hair Growth Vitamins are a combination of top hair growth vitamins, like biotin, combined with top herbal hair growth supplements, like Gotu Kola and Horsetail extract. It’s a really convenient way to get all the herbs and vitamins you want for hair growth in one handy place. Plus, they’re made in the USA, and are vegetarian and formulated without common allergens like wheat or shellfish.
Topical herbal supplements
There are a lot of topical remedies to help you regrow your hair. Many of them are common foods, herbs and essential oils that are super easy to find.
Rosemary oil is one of the best natural topical hair regrowth products available, period. Not only is it a very safe oil (it’s made from a common herb and often used as an all-natural food additive), it’s highly effective. Rosemary oil was proven in a scientific study to be just as effective as minoxidil when it comes to regrowing hair. That is a powerful claim, but as the methodology of scientific studies improves, we’re bound to learn all sorts of interesting things about hair growth and regrowth in the near future.
Radha Beauty Therapeutic Grade Rosemary Oil is 100% pure with no fillers and comes in a hefty 4oz bottle, so you can easily make your own rosemary hair oil remedy with it. The simplest method is to simply mix it with a nourishing carrier oil like olive oil.
Bhringraj is an herb used in Ayurveda to prevent baldness and promote hair growth. It improves hair’s quality and scalp circulation, making it an awesome hair regrowth ally.
100% Bhringaraj Powder (eclipta alba) from Metiista is a convenient way to treat your scalp with Bhringaraj. Mix it with soothing coconut oil to form a hair and scalp mask to promote natural hair regrowth.
If you drink beer, you’ve had hops before. But did you know that hops are an excellent topical treatment for hair loss? Not only do hops cause your hair to grow, they cause it to come in thicker and healthier.
EOX Hop Essential Oil 5ml is a 100% certified pure form of hops essential oil with no added fillers. To preserve the life of the oil, they package it in an amber glass bottle. 5ml is a great size for personal use once you mix it with the carrier oil of your choice, like coconut, but they do have two larger sizes if you find this is a good long-term solution for you.
Collagen is a supplement that a lot of people don’t think about when it comes to regrowing hair, but they should. Collagen is a long-chain amino acid, which are the building blocks of protein. Collagen is crucial to your body’s ability to function as a whole, and constitutes 30% of the amino acid makeup in your body.
As a necessary part of the makeup of protein, collagen plays a role when it comes to skin and hair. (Remember that hair is very similar to skin, both being composed of keratin.) Collagen makes your scalp healthier and more elastic, which promotes better follicle quality. Also, because collagen makes protein, it’s good for keratin production; in turn, keratin production is good for producing high-quality, thicker hair.
There are a few different ways to take collagen in supplement form, mainly: collagen powder, collagen pills/capsules, gelatin, and broths. Generally speaking, the form in which you choose to consume collagen is a matter of personal preference; that said, it’s important for overall health—including hair, scalp and circulation—to get all three types of collagen: Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3. (Sometimes they are listed with Roman numerals instead, but it’s still the same thing.) However, collagen Type 1 and Type 3 are often the collagens used in collagen supplements, because those are the ones that have the most benefits toward hair, skin and a healthy circulatory system.
Collagen powder is a super easy way to up your collagen intake. It can be flavored or flavorless, with the latter generally being preferred due to its versatility in that it can be mixed with pretty much any liquid.
Pure Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides from Sports Research is a collagen supplement powder that contains Collagens Type 1 and Type 3, which are both crucial for growing healthy hair as well as promoting scalp and circulatory health. This collagen supplement is paleo-friendly, gluten-free, non-GMO and comes from grass fed bovine sources. It’s also GMP-certified. Better still, it’s tasteless so you can easily mix it with your favorite morning drink.
Collagen tablets and caplets are another great and easy way to take in collagen as a supplement for hair regrowth. Mainly, they’re just super convenient and easy to remember if you store them next to your usual vitamins.
youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula I, II & III is a collagen supplement in tablet form that features the three main collagen types, providing for better hair growth while giving your joints and boost as well. Liquid collagen supplements are a newer way to boost your collagen intake—and they’re extremely convenient.
Goson Copitmal Liquid Collagen Formula is a marine-based liquid collagen supplement. Marine-based collagen is rich in Collagen Type 1, which is ideal for improving your scalp’s health and promoting hair growth. The cool thing about this supplement is that it comes in individual bottle daily drinks, so you don’t have to worry about drinking a giant jug of it before it expires. Also, it’s citrus-flavored, making it quite tasty.
Because collagen is an animal-based amino acid, vegetarians and vegans are basically kinds of left out of the whole collagen-is-awesome thing. However, we humans are also animals and can produce our own collagen. Vegetarian and vegan collagen supplements do just that: They are a vegan formula that encourages your body to make collagen itself instead of having to take it in from animal sources.
Garden of Life Organic Plant Collagen Builder uses silica and other nutrients that form the basis of collagen or otherwise stimulate its production. The result is your body ends up making more collagen and keratin on its own, all in a cruelty-free, vegan-friendly way.
Gelatin is another great alternative to traditional collagen supplements, because when collagen breaks down, it becomes gelatin, and some folks find this is an easier way to get the protein building blocks they need. Plus, it’s reportedly good for people with food sensitives.
Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate is a rapidly absorbing gelatin-collagen supplement that is made entirely from kosher beef. Plus, it’s unflavored and soluble in cold water, so you can literally mix it with any drink.
Finally, another way to get all the hair regrowing benefits of collagen/gelatin is the old-fashioned way—bone broth.
LonoLife All Natural Beef Bone Broth is a classic beef bone broth—with a modern twist. Paleo-friendly, it’s individually packed in K-cups for Keurig-style brewers. Not only is this a super convenient way to get bone broth—each cup contains a healthy 10 grams of protein, so you’re also upping your protein intake for the day, which is another hair regrowth necessity.
Ayurveda is a form of medicine and general wellness knowledge that has been practiced on the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years, with evidence of its use and education via oral tradition dating back to around 5,000 BCE. The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit words “ayus” meaning “life” and “veda” meaning “knowledge”, so it literally means “life knowledge”. And indeed, since prehistoric times, Ayurveda was covering aspects of medicine and physiology that Western medicine only came to terms within the twenty-first century. Because of the close attention to detail and reliance on evidence exhibited by these ancient Vedic medical practitioners, many of the herbal and natural remedies in Ayurvedic healing are actually very effective, especially compared to many modern herbal remedies that don’t have much basis in evidence.
Brahmi is a very powerful Ayurvedic herb. Its name comes from the Hindu manifestation (or personified form) of God in the form of creator and self-born, Brahma. Perhaps the reason for giving it such an important name is the fact that Brahmi is somewhat of a cure-all, as evidenced in its benefits for hair. It nourishes follicles to strengthen them and promote hair growth, it makes your hair healthier from root to tip, and it is anti-inflammatory, which reduces any inflammation-related issues which may be causing your hair loss. All in all, it’s one of the best natural remedies for hair loss and a great tool to regrow your hair.
Brahmi Hair Oil from Vadik Herbs is an Ayurvedic hair oil conditioner blend that uses the Brahmi herb as its main ingredient, along with other hair-boosting Ayurvedic herbs and coconut oil, to soothe and heal your scalp and promote natural hair growth and quality from the scalp and follicle all the way down the shaft.
In Ayurveda, hair loss is associated with having an overactive pitta dosha. Pittas are fiery people. (Disclosure: I myself am a pitta.) So, we tend to love spicy and acidic foods like jalapeños and zesty tomatoes and anything with habanero in it. But the key to the whole dosha theory is balance. And when your dosha is out of balance, in this case pitta, you start to experience problems associated with pitta overload. And one of these is hair loss.
One of the easiest Ayurvedic remedies to hair loss is to make your own natural shampoo, like the article suggests. Go for an easy-to-find, proven hair ally like amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry. You could alternatively make your own conditioner or hair/scalp mask, depending on your preference.
Terrasoul Superfoods Amla Powder (Organic) is USDA-certified organic amla powder that uses high-quality lab testing on every bath they process to ensure it is 100% pure amla with no contaminants that are common in the agricultural industry, such as lead and arsenic, mold and bacteria. Their alma is actually food-grade, so if you were looking to take it internally as well as topically. (Always make sure herbs are food grade if you intend to take them internally as a general rule of thumb.)
Hair loss shampoo
Naturally regrowing your hair with shampoo is one of the easiest, hassle-free ways to go about it, period, because chances are, you shampoo your hair pretty regularly, which means you’ll be reaping the benefits every time you hop in the shower.
Different hair loss shampoos tackle the issue differently. Some have ingredients to literally stimulate growth from the follicle; others have ingredients that nourish the follicle to encourage to grow; others still have formulations that prevent breakage and further damage. The route you take on this really just depends on your specific needs.
For instance, if you have male pattern baldness, you’re going to want to either stimulate growth or nourish the follicle—typically both. Meanwhile, someone with hair breakage due to a health issue might want to focus on protecting the hair shafts themselves. So, again, assess your specific situation and take action based on that.
Caffeine has long been used by women to boost the skin under their eyes to get rid of that sunken in, dark circle look that can, unfortunately, happen to women of any age—and for women, they may say that is their version of male pattern baldness because it is often hard to treat and difficult to hide. That said, caffeine is one of the most effective treatments for that issue, and the reason is simple: caffeine stimulates the skin.
That same logic can be applied to your scalp and its hair follicles, which is why caffeine-containing shampoos are one of the most effective shampoo types to regrow your hair.
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is a shampoo that stimulates your hair follicles, causing them to wake up and grow hair, via its main active ingredient, caffeine. Not only does it contain caffeine, but it contains Saw Palmetto, which we all know is a great hair growth booster. More than that though, Ultrax Labs Hair Surge has a secret weapon that kicks it all up a notch—2% ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is actually an anti-dandruff shampoo. The kicker is it makes your hair thicker. Okay, that sounds like a cheesy 1940’s ad campaign, but it’s so true nonetheless. So, here is a triple whammy of a hair stimulating shampoo that also has an accompanying and complementing hair conditioner.
Argan Oil Shampoo from Maple Holistics is a unisex sulfate-free shampoo that treats hair loss while preventing future hair loss through the aid of nourishing oils like argan and avocado and through hair-healthy vitamins like B and E. This is great for those who want a more natural approach in their hair loss shampoo.
Biotin Growth Support Volumizing Shampoo Hair Loss Therapy treats hair to a healthy dose of B Vitamin Complex (obviously including biotin), caffeine and argan while also volumizing thin hair to improve its appearance while the vitamins and herbs are busy working to restore and regrow your hair.
Maybe you have a shampoo you like and are afraid to part with, but want to branch out into a hair regrowth conditioner. Or maybe you just want a natural hair regrowth conditioner to add to your already robust hair regrowth regimen. Either way, hair regrowth conditioner is great because it conditioners your hair (obviously) while providing the same hair regrowth benefits as hair regrowth shampoos.
Amplixin Revitalizing Hair Growth Conditioner is a unisex hair conditioner designed specifically for men and women with androgenic alopecia (or male/female pattern baldness). It contains ingredients like red clover that restrict your body’s DHT production, stopping the trigger for genetic hair loss at its root (literally).
DermaChange Thick and Full Hair Growth Conditioner is not only an organic hair growth conditioner, making it very health-friendly, it’s also pH-balanced. What a lot of people don’t realize is that your hair and skin are acidic and need to be kept that way to be healthy. Harsh cleansers and conditioners strip hair of its pH causing damage and breakage. In extreme cases, hair care products that aren’t pH-balanced can even cause hair loss, which is why this 5.5pH conditioner is perfect for guys looking for a healthy natural hair regrowth.
Quality therapeutic-grade oil is a great way to naturally regrow hair. It can either be a straight oil known for hair-friendliness or it could be an essential oil that you can use as aromatherapy or part of a homemade oil blend for a scalp massage. The most used ones for hair regrowth are Coconut oil, Olive oil, Tea tree oil and jojoba oil. Additionally, there are also branded blends of hair regrowth oil out there if you prefer to leave the oil mixing to the experts.
Maple Holistics 100% Pure Coconut Oil, Fractionated Therapeutic Grade is a great example of an optimal oil for hair growth, because it can be used on its own or part of a larger recipe as a carrier oil for essential oils or as part of a homemade shampoo.
Thyme Premium 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil can be used with coconut as a carrier oil as part of a homemade thyme-based hair growth treatment. Thyme has long been regarded as a great herb for hair growth.
Laritelle Organic Hair Loss Treatment for Men is a blend of natural oils that stop hair loss while promoting hair growth by nourishing the scalp and stimulating your follicles to go forth and produce hair.
Hair serums are an easy way to boost hair growth right at the scalp, and they’re often packaged small enough to travel, so they’re a great solution for guys on the go who refuse to settle for a break in their hair regrowth regimen.
Ultrax Labs Hair Plus is a compact hair thickening serum that uses caffeine to make your follicles wake up and get back to work producing the hair they were born to make.
REKZE 24 Anti-Hair Loss Treatment is dermatologically tested and contains 24 hair-benefiting ingredients to tackle hair loss and hair growth from every angle, but most importantly, by blocking DHT, so your follicles can reinvigorate naturally.
Hair tonic is pretty similar to hair serum; sometimes, the difference is just a matter of consistency and viscosity. In cases like that, it’s about personal preference, but they still deserve their own category, because every product type is unique, regardless of what appear to be strong similarities.
Maple Holistics Hair Tonic for Thinning Hair is a unisex hair tonic designed to thicken hair while also repairing damage to your scalp and follicles. Plus, it’s natural, which is always a nice way to pamper your body as a whole.
Aubrey Organics Men’s Stock Ginseng Biotin Energizing Scalp Tonic is decidedly male-oriented and contains two of the best baldness fighting badasses: ginseng and biotin. Ginseng is an herb synonymous with energy, and it goes to work stimulating your hair to grow. Meanwhile, the biotin works in tandem with the ginseng to give your hair the fuel it needs to grow. It’s a dynamic duo of hair growth, if you think about it.
Minoxidil is a medication used to treat high blood pressure when taken by mouth. However, when it’s applied to the scalp, it can stimulate hair growth in those with androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) and alopecia areata, the autoimmune disorder.
Minoxidil is one of those hair regrowth regimens that takes a long-term dedicated use to see results. The site also notes that you won’t get increased or faster hair growth from upping your dosage, so remember: with minoxidil, colloquially known as “minox”, there are no shortcuts.
Typically, minoxidil is delivered either through a medicated foam or through a medicated topical solution. Both delivery methods are effective and really just depend on your preference or if your hair type is more suited to one delivery method over the other.
Kirkland Signature Extra Strength Minoxidil for Men is an unscented 5% minoxidil solution that comes in a handy 1-year supply with childproof applicator, in case you have kiddos running the house. Because any form of minoxidil can take a year to show results, it’s important to keep up with the regimen if this is your chosen course of hair regrowth action.
Men’s Rogaine Hair Regrowth Treatment is also 5% minoxidil and this particular version is an aerosol foam, though they also have other delivery methods. Rogaine is by far the most prevalent branded form of minoxidil; that said, it’s important to note that all 5% minoxidil that is USP-tested is the same and that only the delivery method (both on a macro and micro scale) varies from brand to brand.
Like minoxidil, finasteride is a medication that was originally intended to treat something other than hair loss—though prostate issues, in this case. However, it’s also a very effective treatment for hair loss in men, and is indicated for androgenic alopecia. (Important to note: Women and children can’t have finasteride, so no sharing with family on this one.)
As of now, there is no over-the-counter (OTC) form of finasteride, so you’ll have to see your doc if you want some. It’s important to note, however, that the results you get from finasteride may take a year to show up and may disappear after you stop taking it, so be sure to get the facts before you start it.
Dutasteride is prescription only and is a medicine similar to finasteride, and is also given for BPH. Unlike finasteride, however, it has not yet been cleared for use for hair loss. Also, very early indicators suggest it may be more successful with treating male pattern baldness in men. (Women shouldn’t even touch dutasteride, so they should never take it.) But like finasteride, it also comes with risk, so even if it does become approved, this may not be your first line of defense for natural hair growth.
Red light therapy/near-infrared light therapy/low-level laser therapy (LLLT)
For the purposes of this article, red light therapy, near-infrared light therapy and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) are grouped together because a lot of the FDA-approved consumer products that use these technologies are quite similar.
Without getting too technical, studies have shown that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) stimulates the scalp and follicles and pushes the follicles back into the anagen phase where they begin to grow hair again. In mice, this has proven effective not only in individuals with alopecia areata but also chemotherapy-related hair loss. But this hasn’t just been studied in mice. Studies on both male and female humans have proven the benefits of LLLT for treating hair loss and regrowing hair.
iRestore Laser Hair Growth System is an FDA-cleared laser therapy helmet designed to treat hair loss in both men and women. Like many other hair regrowth methods, you have to have dedication, but iRestore says people tend to see results in less than 24 weeks—sometimes as few as 12 weeks. Additionally, it can be used to boost other natural hair regrowth treatments, like Ayurvedic remedies or scalp-stimulating shampoo.
Capillus82 Laser Hair Growth Cap takes a more covert approach to wearable LLLT therapy in the form of a baseball style cap. You can wear it watching the game with the guys without drawing any undue attention toward yourself. Also, it’s FDA-approved and comes with its own carrying case.
This infrared lamp provides a more diffuse form of infrared light that gently lights the whole body—especially the hair—while you’re using it. And because the light reaches your whole body, you get whole-body benefits, which is awesome because a healthy body is simply better able to support hair growth.
Basically, there are two kinds of scalp massagers: scalp massagers designed for massaging dry hair and scalp massagers designed for use with shampoo. Each has its own benefits and some guys find they like to have both for the qualities each brings to the table.
Body Back Company’s Scalp Massager is ideal for stimulating circulation in the scalp to wake up those hair follicles and push them back into the anagen phase while giving them the nourishing blood flow that they need. Also, it’s a great de-stresser, which also works to prevent hair loss by keeping you from stress shedding, providing a double-dose of hair-saving goodness.
Rolencos Hair Scalp Shampoo Brush is a scalp massager designed for use in the shower while you’re shampooing your hair. Not only does it encourage the shampoo to go further on your hair and scalp, providing better coverage, it also stimulates blood flow and the sebaceous glands that lie next to your hair follicles, encourage new hair growth.
How to gain confidence while waiting for your hair to regrow
There is no overnight cure to regrow your hair. It takes dedication and effort, no matter which method you decide is right for you. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for your treatments to take effect, it’s important to be confident. Confidence lowers your stress levels and encourages your hormones to naturally regulate themselves. (Read more about stress and hair loss here.)
Take decisive steps to boost your confidence as you wait for your hair to regrow. One easy way to get that boost you need is to learn how to style your hair better to hide the problem. Check out this awesome tutorial for some styling tips every guy with thinning hair should know:
If you decide to shave your head (or otherwise cut it very short) while you’re waiting for new hair growth to kick in, consider growing a beard. Guys who go bald are statistically better at growing beards, because of the way their bodies react to testosterone.